News You Can Use – May 14, 2013

Eight Current Literary Lawsuits – Read the paragraph story about each one. May give you something to talk about at your next writer’s gathering.

You Get Great Reviews but Few Sales – An analysis of a common problem for authors. I know of an author with over 100 Five Star reviews on Amazon but less than 2,500 books sold.

Are All Book Covers Created Equal? – See what a bunch of sixth graders said when asked the question.

Cryptomnesia makes us accidental plagiarists – This article should scare you a little. This afternoon I showed a friend a new novel by a client, the friend declared, “I just read a novel with that premise last week!” Yikes!

You’ve Been Saying It Wrong (11 Famous Quotes That Have Changed Over Time) – I loved this article. Consider having a know-it-all character in your story correcting everyone around them with the “right” version. But the problem with that idea is the previous link in this post. If two of you use the idea then we’d have a problem!

2 Responses to News You Can Use – May 14, 2013

  1. Pam May 14, 2013 at 5:02 am #

    As one of the facilitators for our writers’ group, I find the information shared in “News You Can Use” to be useful to many of our members. Thanks for providing this service to us.
    Pam at 2 Encourage

  2. sally apokedak May 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    Wow, that article on cryptomnesia was sure interesting. I have a great memory and I’m constantly worried about stealing other people’s stuff. I didn’t know there was a name for this accidental plagiarism. I’m glad to find I’m not only one guilty. And glad I’m not famous, like Helen Keller, and I don’t have to worry about becoming infamous.

    Of course, JK Rowling got over similar charges pretty well.

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